Imagine my surprise when I learned that the so-called Ground Zero mosque has connections to the CIA. Mark Ames, writing for the New York Observer, spelled out the connections on Friday. Ames notes that the “right” (neocons) portray Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as a terrorist sympathizer with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. “But meanwhile, links between the group behind the controversial mosque, the CIA and U.S. military establishment have gone unacknowledged,” he writes.
Ames connects the Cordoba Initiative behind the mosque to R. Leslie Deak, a “business consultant” for Patriot Defense Group, apparently a CIA front company. One of the company’s “strategic advisers” is a former deputy director for operations at the CIA who “managed the CIA’s globally deployed personnel and nearly half of its multi-billion dollar budget” and “served as head of America’s Clandestine Service, the CIA’s operational response to the attacks of September 11, 2001.” Other consultants include a former four-star general who commanded the U.S. Special Operations Command and its effort in the manufactured Global War On Terrorism. The trio is complete with the presence of a banker.
Leslie Deak’s father was a former top intelligence commander during World War II for the OSS (the forerunner of the CIA) and was the founder of Deak-Perera, a foreign currency and gold dealer that was accused by a Presidential Commission on Organized Crime in 1984 of money laundering for Columbia drug cartels. The CIA is known for its connections to the worldwide illegal drug trade.
Mark Ames steers the whole affair safely into the false right-left paradigm. The Cordoba Initiative and the controversy surrounding it is designed to damage “moderates and progressives who actually view New York, and the nation as a whole, as a tolerant melting pot, and strengthening the position demagogues on both sides [and] it will almost certainly deal a setback to interfaith relations. It will also help to hobble the Democratic party. Which just might have been the point all along,” writes Ames.
The Ground Zero mosque has nothing to do with sabotaging moderates or Democrats (who mostly buy into the fairy tale that Muslims hate us for our freedom). Instead, the event was designed to reinvigorate the manufactured GWOT unleashed by the CIA with its spook agency spawned terror attributed to shadowy operatives who handle an array of clueless patsies like the Christmas day fizzle pants non-bomber and the Times Square barbeque grill gas tank non-bomber. It is also no mistake the controversy unfolded in the weeks before the September 11 anniversary.
Both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood are intelligence assets. Hamas was aided directly by Israeli intelligence as a counter balance to the PLO. The Muslim Brotherhood was long ago compromised by British intelligence. “The bottom line is that the Muslim Brotherhood’s success could not have been achieved without the approval of the British ruling establishment,” writes Peter D. Goodgame. The CIA was also interested in exploiting the Brotherhood. “According to CIA agent Miles Copeland, the Americans began looking for a Muslim Billy Graham around 1955… When finding or creating a Muslim Billy Graham proved elusive, the CIA began to cooperate with the Muslim Brotherhood.”